The controversy is finally over for The Whole Pantry creator Belle Gibson, surrounding her claims of personally curing terminal brain cancer with a healthy-eating lifestyle.
Now that she is no longer facing criminal charges, Gibson has taken part in an unpaid interview with Australian Women’s Weekly in which she addresses whether she has ever had cancer, or whether it was a doctor’s misdiagnosis as she previously said.
SPOILER: it was all made up.
When asked ouright if she currently or has ever had cancer, Gibson’s response was blunt. “No. None of it’s true.“
In the interview, she manages to avoid explaining how or why she made up the destructive web of lies, and instead talks about her troubled childhood:
“When I started school, my mum went, ‘My daughter is grown up now’. All of a sudden I was walking to school on my own, making school lunches and cleaning the house every day… It was my responsibility to do grocery shopping, do the washing, arrange medical appointments and pick up my brother. I didn’t have any toys.”
“I just think [speaking out] was the responsible thing to do. Above anything, I would like people to say, ‘Okay, she’s human. She’s obviously had a big life. She’s respectfully come to the table and said what she’s needed to say, and now it’s time for her to grow and heal.’”
So, we may have to stop assuming she will show remorse, or have to deal with the consequences of putting the lives of cancer patients in danger and keeping hundreds of thousands of dollars that belonged to charity. She would like us to collectively chill, and leave her to heal and grow, okay everyone?
The interview with Australian Women’s Weekly will be released on April 23.
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